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By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
November 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canal therapy is utilized for treating infection in a tooth’s center portion, also known as the pulp where the root canals are. Here at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, Dr. Russell Challenger, regularly performs root canal treatments for saving teeth that could’ve otherwise been extracted completely. But how do you know if your tooth requires root canal therapy?

Warnings Signs of a Tooth Needing Root Canal Therapy

The infection inside a tooth’s root canal is typically due to bacteria inside the mouth that has managed to seep into the tooth’s root canal. In most cases, this could occur because of tooth decay, old and malfunctioning dental fillings, or tooth damage due to trauma.

If left untreated, this infection will cause the pulp to deteriorate and eventually die. The following are common indications of a diseases pulp and infected root canal:

  • A loosened tooth
  • Pain when your chew or bite
  • Pain when you consume cold or hot food and beverages

As the root canal infection progresses, your symptoms might subside as your pulp begins to die. At this point, your infected tooth may appear to be healed. In reality, however, the infection has already spread throughout your tooth’s root canal system. Eventually, you will experience these symptoms:

  • Pain when you bite or chew again
  • Swollen gums near the infected tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • Pus seeping from the infected tooth
  • Your tooth taking on a darker shade due to decay

With this in mind, it’s immensely vital to visit your dentist in Clayton, NC, if you suspect that you have an infected root canal. Otherwise, the infection will continue to wreak havoc in the infected tooth. Likewise, there’s a chance that root canal therapy might not work if your tooth infection becomes so severe.

The Root Canal Therapy Procedure

In order to treat a root canal infection, your dentist will have to remove the bacteria causing the infection. You will be given an anesthetic for the treatment to ease pain and discomfort during the procedure. Once your dentist has removed the bacteria and disinfected the root canal, it will be filled to prevent further complications and then sealed on top with a dental crown or filling.

For Any Questions, Concerns, or Advice on Root Canal Therapy, Call Us

Dial (919) 694-0694 to arrange a visit with your dentist here at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, Dr. Russell Challenger, today.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
February 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Though root canal therapy tends to have a bad reputation, this important procedure can help you ensure that your decayed or damaged Root Canal Paintooth gets the treatment it requires to remain where it belongs—right in your smile! Read on to learn what a root canal is and how it can save your tooth from extraction, and for treatment, contact Dr. Russell Challenger at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC.


What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure which removes the inner tissues from a decayed or damaged tooth. Known medically as endodontic therapy, a root canal clears up any infection caused by untreated tooth decay. Before the infection reaches the tooth’s tissue-housing inner pulp chamber, your dentists can treat the decay with a simple dental filling. However, once the tooth’s tissues become infected, the tooth requires a root canal.


Do I need a root canal?
Since a root canal most often treats a decayed tooth, understanding the symptoms of this condition can often help you determine whether or not you need a root canal:

  • Unexplained bad breath
  • A hole in the tooth
  • A brown or black spot on the tooth
  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold, especially while eating and drinking

If you think you have a cavity, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Just because a tooth doesn’t yet hurt does not mean that it cannot be treated. After all, if your dentist treats your cavity before it reaches the inner pulp chamber of your tooth, you may avoid a root canal altogether!


Root Canal Therapy in Clayton, NC
A root canal takes only about an hour and begins with a local anesthetic to numb the area of the procedure. This means that you should never feel pain during the treatment. Additionally, a root canal also removes a tooth’s nerve, meaning that if you have a toothache, the tooth will feel no more pain after your procedure. If you think you may have teeth decay or gum disease, do not hesitate to speak to your dentist.

For more information on tooth pain or root canals, please contact Dr. Russell Challenger at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC. Call (919) 694-0694 to schedule your appointment for a root canal today!

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
November 09, 2017
Category: Endodontics
Tags: Root Canal  

Are all signs pointing to needing root canal therapy? Let’s find out!root canal

We know that no one wants root canal treatment, but it's a needed treatment if decay, infection or trauma has affected the health and integrity of the dental pulp (a structure that lies under the hard layers of enamel that contains the nerves of the tooth). Are you worried that the symptoms you are experiencing could mean you need a root canal? Don’t worry; our Clayton, NC, dentist, Dr. H. Russell Challenger, is here to tell you what symptoms to look out for.

It’s important to keep in mind that not everyone will experience symptoms. Just because everything feels normal doesn’t mean that there isn’t trouble brewing. This is why visiting our Clayton general dentist every six months for routine cleaning and exams is imperative, even if you aren’t noticing problems.

Of course, when problems do arise you may be wondering what’s going on. Here are some signs that could be telling you that you need a root canal:

A toothache: Toothaches come in all intensities and frequencies, but one thing is certain: dental pain is not to be messed with. Pain of any kind should not go ignored, even if it’s only minor. You may notice that pain is constant or it may fluctuate. The pain may get worse when putting pressure on the tooth or while chewing. Dental pain could be the number one sign that you need a root canal.

Tooth sensitivity: If you also notice that the problem tooth has suddenly become very sensitive to hot or cold temperatures this is also a cause for concern. Maybe you took a sip of steaming coffee and you felt a zapping pain in your tooth that lingered long after you swallowed the coffee. This is a sign that the dental pulp may be damaged.

Gum pain and tenderness: If the gums surrounding the tooth have become inflamed and tender to the touch this is another warning sign. Of course, if you notice these symptoms throughout your gums, this could also mean that you have gum disease, which should also be checked out immediately.

An abscess: If a pimple-like growth forms on the gums around the tooth or if the tooth starts draining pus, it should go without saying that an infection has set in and needs to be tended to as soon as possible.

Please do not ignore these symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it’s imperative that you call us right away for care. A toothache alone is considered a dental emergency. Don’t wait to get the treatment you need.

Worried you might need root canal therapy? Then it’s time you found out. Call Challenger Family Dental today in Clayton, NC, and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing. We’ll get you an appointment as soon as possible.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
August 29, 2017
Category: Endodontics

There is nothing to fear about root canals. Find out more about this commonly performed dental procedure.

Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may fill you with anxiety, but there is truly nothing to fear. Arm yourself with all the information you need to understand your upcoming Root Canalprocedure so that you can get through it easily and stress-free.

Q. What is a root canal?

A. This endodontic procedure is necessary when the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is either infected or damaged. The dental pulp can be affected by severe decay, infection or trauma. Once the damage reaches the pulp, your endodontist will recommend having a root canal.

Q. Do I need a root canal?

A. It can be difficult to know when you might need to come in for a root canal, which is why going in for your six-month checkup can protect your smile and detect issues when they are still easy to fix. Common symptoms that might warrant a root canal include,

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold

  • Persistent or severe pain, particularly when chewing

  • Tooth pain that keeps you up at night

  • An abscess that develops around the affected tooth

Q. What should I expect from my upcoming procedure?

A. Root canals are a common practice. While many people worry that it might be rather time-consuming and invasive, it is no more complicated than getting a cavity filled.

The purpose of the procedure is to remove the affected dental pulp. Your general dentist will drill through the hard outer layers of enamel until we reach the internal part of the tooth. From there, your dentist will carefully remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth if an infection is present. Once treated, we will use special materials to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. Most teeth treated with a root canal will also need a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.

Q. Is the procedure painful?

A. Most people worry that a root canal will be painful. Everyone’s heard stories! But keep in mind that many people needing a root canal are dealing with pretty unpleasant and chronic dental pain. The purpose of the procedure isn’t to instill more pain, but to actually eliminate the source of the pain. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.

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Still have questions about root canal therapy? Need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then it’s time to call your dentist today. We would be happy to answer all of your dental questions.

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